The Catechist Formation Program provides the basic theological understandings, spiritual formation and catechetical methodology necessary for those who are appointed by their pastors and commissioned by their parishes to hand on the faith to adults, youth or children. Training of the catechist is necessary to ensure that the faith is handed on in its integrity and in a manner that responds to the needs, learning styles, cultures and other special characteristics of those in their care.
There are two levels in the Catechist Formation Program, both consisting of five courses. Level one courses present the basic essentials of each topic while Level Two courses expand and deepen the content presented in Level One. All catechist formation courses are available in English and Spanish, on site or online. Here is a list of Catechist Formation Program courses.
What's the idea behind catechist formation?
The Catechist Formation Program was developed to assist the catechist as the one who receives and responds to the call of Jesus Christ to share the light of faith with others. To be effective in this work, the catechist must understand, love, live and proclaim the Christian message with conviction and enthusiasm. The proclamation of this message by the catechist in the context of the parish community leads the faithful to a deepening of faith, a greater participation in worship and a more dedicated Christian service.
What's the purpose of catechist formation?
The formation of the catechist has a three-fold purpose: to provide for the catechist's own spiritual growth; to increase the theological knowledge out of which one catechizes; to expand skills in teaching methods through study and practice. Since God is the source and enabler of all catechesis, prayer is an integral part of the catechist's formation.
What is the catechist formation program?
The Catechist Formation Program is divided into two parts. This first level of formation for a Catechist provides you with opportunities for growth as a person of faith; effective teaching/facilitating skills; and a plan for your ongoing training and developing spiritual life. The second level of formation deepens the training by focusing on essential areas of theological training, such as scripture, the Creed, and morality. The complete list of courses and requirements are available for download.
Why should I become a certified catechist?
Certification is recognition by the Church that an individual has completed our Catechist Formation Program and has been given an opportunity to appropriate the catechetical content and skills necessary to be effective with our young people in a classroom setting.
The goal of catechist formation process is to insure that the Church's tradition is handed on to all children in our schools, parishes and parish catechetical programs and to support catechists in their vital ministry with our children and youth.